Here I am starting my day with a glass of water.
If I am not able to do anything else for myself today, at least I’ve started off on a positive note.
Which leads me right into today’s tip – it’s about the quality of what you do, not necessarily the quantity.
You can’t control the length of a day. There are only 24 hours. What you can control, sometimes, is what you do within those 24 hours.
You can use the excuse that you don’t have time to take care of yourself whether it be take a nap, read, spend time with friends, rest. You must MAKE the time. You may not have 3 hours to spend on yourself at a spa or to take a long weekend to visit an old friend but when you do have a little break in the action of your life, how do you use it?
How much time do you use checking out Facebook posts on your phone or lamenting how busy you are and all you have to get done?
As a coach, I have to give my clients some tough love once in a while. So, please don’t be offended. What if you use those few minutes on some quality self-care? Don’t throw in the towel because you don’t have an hour for a nap. Maybe instead of mindlessly staring at your phone screen for an hour before bed, you put down your phone and read. Instead of channel surfing, you watch the one specific show you recorded and get to sleep a little earlier.
I know, I know. This is YOUR time and if you want to mindlessly channel surf or play on your phone, that’s your self-care time. I am right there with you and far be it from me to judge random channel surfing. I am just as guilty as the next gal.
I would just like you to have some options. Ironically, as I was scrolling through my Facebook posts with one eye opened, I saw a post that said something like if you are too tired to do anything else other than channel surf or scroll through Facebook posts, you should just go to bed. Hmmm..what a concept.
What one small thing can you do in your day that provides you with some quality time for you? A five-minute cat nap; an electronic/social media break; quiet time on your commute?
Hit reply and let me know what you will try to do to add some quality self-care into your routine. Maybe something you share will resonate with other readers.
Think about it.
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Erika Swafford says
I like to go for a walk – even a short one. I must admit that sometimes I get “out of the habit” but I really enjoy a walk when I do make time to fit one in. I went for a walk today after work and it was great! I didn’t walk fast. I just walked at the pace my body felt like going. My neighbor’s dog decided to join me which was an added bonus. It was a much-needed break from my day.